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“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Living from the heart sounds like a simple concept, but in practice it can be a lifelong struggle to achieve. The challenge is to get out of the mind, which feeds fear, jealousy, envy, anger, scarcity, insecurity, etc.—all of those thoughts that keep us from the heart.

The Dalai Lama, sometimes described as a “tireless pilgrim for peace,” recently addressed a group of students in Hawaii. Huffington Post correspondentAgapi Stassinopoulos, (author of Unbinding the Heart), reported on the event:

“He talked about the gap between perception and reality—how people read a situation by projecting their own emotional baggage, which causes distortion.” Stassinopoulos wrote. “That is why he emphasized that we all must strive to have transparency in our interactions with people. Otherwise there is mistrust, which causes fear, which can then develop into frustration, anger and violence.”

“If developing compassion is something we can teach ourselves, then the Dalai Lama’s message is essentially ‘educating the heart’—an education that is not merely about developing the mind and getting good grades. Rather, it is about fostering an environment where we can learn empathy.”

In a Care2 article, Sara Childre, president and CEO of the Institute of HeartMath, offers 5 Tips for Living from the Heart:

1. Choose to practice love, compassion and appreciation as a way of life.

2. Learn to live in the now, bringing more of your real self into each moment.

3. Practice listening to your heart’s discernment for intuitive guidance through life’s interactions: personal, family or social.

4. Give back. This can inspire the one who receives what you give to someday give back to another, which can energize a great many people to do the same until a chain of giving back weaves its way around the globe.

5. Practice going back to your heart to gain more intuitive understanding of how to find balance and rhythm while facing stress and resistance.

Choose today to begin cultivating compassion, and start with yourself. You will realize the benefit of overall well-being—more peace, joy, self-confidence and love. Monroe Products offers several heart-centric titles, one of these being the highly recommended Opening the Heart.

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Stress Management: The Journey Within

“The only journey is the journey within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

The world seems to be full of advice on how to manage and reduce stress. Dozens of websites, cable and network programs, and news and leisure magazines are chock-full of tips for alleviating stress, with recommendations ranging from performing a few simple stretches to engaging in “desk yoga,” from decluttering your home or office to abandoning your inhibitions in the primitive art of fingerpainting.

Close observation reveals that the vast majority of these “solutions” have something in common. From the simplest to the most complicated, they all require that we slow down. Pay attention. Focus on the moment. Remember (and express gratitude for) what is important. Go within. Take a moment to find our selves amid the chaos.

Stress is serious, and can indeed be life-threatening. Anyone whose health is threatened by stress should actively seek help from professionals trained to treat patients with stress. But for the millions of us who struggle with minor-but-unrelenting-stress on a day to day basis, routinely and mindfully taking a journey within can make a huge difference in our ability to manage, and even transcend, the effects of stress.

Some say stress is the result of a life out of balance. And it’s true that the demands of modern life can have a negative impact on even the most serene among us, sending us teetering out of a carefully cultivated state of mindfulness. But whether it’s called soul-searching, meditation, reflection, contemplation, introspection…whatever we call it, it’s the going withinjourneying within – that can bring us back to a state of balance.

We may all take that journey in different ways. Some of us only need to close our eyes, tuning into ourselves and shutting out the world, listening to the gentle rhythm of our breath. Others need to be out-of-doors engaging in strenuous physical activity, getting a professional massage, or taking a long-awaited break from our daily routine. All that really matters is that we take that journey, inside ourselves, as often as we need, to improve our quality of life and to allow us to continue making our way along our respective paths.

There are a number of Hemi-Sync® titles designed to help you get the most out of your inner journeying. Our list includes some time-proven favorites as well as some exciting new titles.

We wish you the best on your journey within!

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Benefits of Meditation

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”

— Milarepa

We all know the benefits of meditation: reducing stress, finding a sense of peace and calm, possibly gleaning some insight into a problem or question, and learning more about how to “be” than “do.” Scientific researchers continue to study the effects of meditation on the physical body, and many suggest it may help with some medical conditions as well as helping to bolster immune systems. And some research, using advance brain scanning technology, indicates that meditation directly affects the function and structure of the brain.

It seems we hear more and more from others (and ourselves) that life is so hectic and full right now, finding time to meditate has become a low priority. So the question becomes, can you afford to NOT meditate? When we find ourselves running from here to there, wondering where the day, week, or even month went, experiencing increased levels of anxiety and stress, this is precisely when we must find time – even if it’s just a few minutes – to sit in stillness, slow our thoughts and breath, and find our calm center while cultivating positive emotions. This also makes an impact on those we interact with in our home, community, and work environment.

There are many different types of meditation, including guided visualization, mindfulness meditation, transcendental and mantra meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Whichever practice resonates with you, set your intention today to make a sustained effort to engage in your practice and you will find that it becomes a part of your daily routine.

Hemi-Sync® is a powerful, proven tool to assist in your meditative practice. There are many titles available ranging from verbally guided to music. We would love to hear which ones you find most beneficial.

© 2012 Monroe Products. All rights reserved.

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Building Self Confidence

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson
American essayist and poet

 Self-confidence is the ability to be yourself, trust yourself, and maintain a positive, realistic self-image. Defined as belief or trust in oneself or one’s own abilities, self-confidence is the difference between feeling capable or vulnerable. It gives us the ability to handle criticism, make our own decisions, achieve emotional security, get through life’s daily ups and downs, and make a myriad of decisions while keeping a healthy, optimistic outlook on our lives and our futures.

Self-confidence is really about self-perception. What we believe about ourselves – whether it’s what we hear from others or it’s what we tell ourselves – becomes our reality, whether positive or negative.

Maintaining a healthy level of self-confidence takes some effort for most people. Thinking positive thoughts (instead of getting upset), focusing on your strengths (instead of your weaknesses), and rewarding yourself when you’ve done well are recommended ways of increasing self-confidence.

A number of Hemi-Sync® titles can be helpful in promoting positive thoughts and a positive self-image.

Part of building self-confidence is making a regular, conscious effort to letting disappointments, irritants and unpleasant realities go. Emerson offers us some wise advice for doing so:

 “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Improving our Learning and Memory Skills

When it comes to learning and memory, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: our brains start slowing down as early as our mid-20s.

The good news? We can improve our learning and memory skills at any age. Researchers agree that we CAN teach ourselves new tricks, as our brains have a remarkable ability to adapt and change even into old age.

Memory and learning are critical functions of human brain. The learning and memories we acquire enable us to function normally, live independently, and shape our individual lives based on the accumulation of daily experiences from which we remember and learn.

Whether you are learning new information for education or a profession, or an aging individual seeking to preserve and enhance your learning and memory skills, there are certain things we can do to improve cognitive ability.

For the most part, activities that are good for the body are good for the brain: a healthy balanced diet, moderate exercise, sufficient sleep. But the brain benefits from its own workout for optimal health. The more you work out your brain, researchers say, the better you will be able to process and remember information.

Do something new. Try new and different activities to stimulate brain function.

Do something challenging. Learn a new language, sport, instrument, or try a challenging new game or crossword puzzle.

Do something fun. Having fun helps to engage the brain, and the more fun you have, the more likely you are to continue with the activity.

Keep stress under control. Meditation is noted for its “stress-busting, brain boosting” benefits. Research indicates that those who meditate regularly have more activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area associated with joy. It is further indicated that meditation increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex and encourages more connections between brain cells, all of which increase mental sharpness and memory ability.

Monroe Products offers a wide selection of titles for memory and learning enhancement. Additionally, here are two great websites offering tools and techniques that may be helpful: https://helpguide.org and https://www.fitbrains.com.

©2012 Monroe Products. All rights reserved.

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Sacred Geometry

“It could be said of Sacred Geometry that it provides one of the most, if not the most, important keys to unlocking the great Mysteries of the Ages.”

—Randall Carlson*

 Most of us have at least a dim memory of geometry; all those dry, mundane shapes and lines and angles we studied in school. Webster’s describes geometry “as a branch of mathematics that deals with the measurement, properties, and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids.”

But add the word “sacred” and the meaning expands into mystical and spiritual realms. Some believe that within sacred geometry lies the key to understanding the greatest mysteries of all time—a key to the creation of life itself.

Sacred geometry is described in many ways, from purely mathematical to oneness with All-That-Is. In a general sense, sacred geometry can be described as the geometric order of the universe, of nature, and of the world man has created.

Sacred geometry exists everywhere in the natural world—the precise ever-spiraling pattern on a seashell, the exquisite perfection and symmetry of a flower, the remarkable precision of the bee’s honeycomb—patterns found in the tiniest cell to the vast cosmos. Over the centuries many cultures have attributed great spiritual significance to certain of these patterns and incorporated them into architectural projects. The Great Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Parthenon, religious structures and sacred groves throughout the world are regarded as examples of mankind’s recognition and reverence for sacred geometry.

The Geometry Code author Bruce Rawls explains it in an online sacred geometry tutorial:

“In nature, we find patterns, designs and structures from the most minuscule particles, to expressions of life discernible by human eyes, to the greater cosmos. These inevitably follow geometrical archetypes, which reveal to us the nature of each form and its vibrational resonances. They are also symbolic of the underlying metaphysical principle of the inseparable relationship of the part to the whole. It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.”

Those of us who are not scientists, mathematicians or cosmologists can still experience the magic of sacred geometry in the form of meditation. Monroe Products’ in conjunction with Sacred Geometry have developed titles that provide a stunning sacred geometry visual adjunct to Hemi-Sync® frequencies, resulting in a more powerful and experiential means to access higher levels of consciousness.

*www.sacredgeometryinternational.com

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Stress Management

“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response TO what happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose.” — Maureen Killoran

Everyone experiences some level of stress, whether it is emotional, physical or mental. Sometimes we feel as though there is nothing we can do about it. There are bills to pay, duties to attend, demands from our work, family and social groups, and always the unforeseen. Medical studies have shown that constant stress can put your health at risk.

Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response (the “flight or flight” response). However, the constant stress of the way we live today doesn’t allow for this alarm system to shut off very often. This is why stress management is a necessity.

Stress management is all about the way you choose to handle and take charge of your reactions to the situations creating the stress. The first step is to identify the sources of stress. Remember, as much as a situation can create stress, your thoughts, feelings and actions will also determine the level of stress you experience. Having a positive attitude can make a big difference.

It is important to have a healthy diet. The toll that stress can take on the body weakens the immune system, so you need to not only eat healthy, but provide ample food at regular intervals. Additionally, when you are getting good nutrition, the brain is able to process information more easily. Getting enough physical activity also helps to promote an overall sense of well-being.

Having a social support is helpful. Whether you belong to a support group, spiritual group, or have friends that you can be with can make a difference. Spending time with positive people who enhance your life will buffer you from the negative effects of stress.

Nurture yourself with rest and relaxation techniques, such as guided imagery, listening to music, or practicing yoga or meditation. Listen to your body when it tells you to slow down or take a break. Make sure to get enough sleep. Good sleep habits are one of the best ways to manage stress. Monroe Products has a generous collection of stress management titles,  including verbally guided and Metamusic® selections.

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Explore and Express Your Creativity

“When we engage our creative spirits, we draw up more power and wisdom to craft our lives and our world with elegance, depth, richness and enjoyment. Exploring and expressing our creativity is one of the most rewarding processes we can do to gain more self awareness and accelerate higher development of our minds, spirits, and even our bodies.” — Introduction to The Creative Way with Hemi-Sync®

We are all creative. This is the first and most important aspect we need to embrace to foster our creativity. The difference between those who are creative versus those who are not is the belief that they are, indeed, creative. (Psychology Today , 12/2011, Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking.)

Creativity comes in all forms and is not limited to the arts. However, you will have to work at thinking creatively, utilizing your enthusiasm and persistence to stick with your ideas. As you undergo this process of creative thinking, you stimulate your brain by activating the neurons, which will help you to become more creative as you continue this process.

All ideas have possibilities; it is up to you to keep an open mind as you determine which ones to choose, and have trust in your intuition. If you allow yourself to be discouraged, either through your own negative self-talk or listening to opinions of others, you will kill your creativity very quickly. If you do not succeed, that does not mean you failed. It simply means you found out what doesn’t work.

Consider other perspectives, not just your own. Ask others for their input, and be willing to look at something from all angles. Creativity requires us to consider all things, even if they are not related. This is how some of the greatest ideas are born.

Are you ready to begin exploring and expressing your creativity? If so, Monroe Products has a number of titles that can help you in that respect. Who knows what creative genius is anxiously awaiting you to open that door, to come forth and express itself in a way that is uniquely you?

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Celebrate the Personal Development Process

“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” —Oprah Winfrey

In many parts of the world the month of March is the harbinger of spring; a time when warmer winds can be felt and the first stirrings of new growth can be seen. The emergence of new growth in the outer world often stirs a desire to promote new growth on the inside.

We know that body, mind and spirit working together in harmony affords us the ability to create our best life. At different times in our lives we find ourselves out of balance in one area or another. And we develop, as we age, a need and desire for personal growth in order to have a more fulfilling, rewarding life experience.

Whether you are seeking physical, mental, emotional or spiritual growth, Hemi-Sync can greatly assist in the personal development process.personal growth titles are designed to be used at the discretion of each individual listener for a truly unique, customized approach to your particular wishes and goals. We wish you much success and enjoyment in your personal development process.

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Benefits of Expanding Your Awareness

“Every decision we make and every action we take is based on our level of awareness at any given moment. In order to be all we can be, we must constantly work to change and expand our level of awareness, or our perception of reality.” — Anthony Robbins

The premise of Bob Monroe’s work in developing Hemi-Sync® was to create accelerated learning through expanded forms of consciousness. His goal was to help us learn how to turn that which we believe into that which we know. Know that you are more than your physical body. How much more are you? Consider the possibility that the more is far greater than you’ve ever imagined or dreamed. The only way is to find out for yourself. Knowing produces change. And it helps you to become less fearful.

Expanded awareness can be explained as a state of consciousness in which we sense more than what is readily recognizable through the physical senses, or is grasped by the rational mind. It is the heightened ability to directly perceive and experience subtle truths and realities as they exist in both the subjective and objective worlds.

There are no limits. Monroe said, “The greatest illusion is that mankind has limitations.”

Our brain power is enhanced when we become more aware of the things around us. Expanded awareness allows us to be more fully aware in the present moment, enhancing our life experience and helping us to solve problems, generate more energy, become more creative—in essence, reaching our full potential. By changing our level of awareness we’re able to move past our limited views of reality. We can become more aware of the world around us, realizing that we are part of the whole.

We’ve learned that focused consciousness contains the solutions to the life processes that one desires or encounters. “…if you can find out the stuff that makes you think and be, you can use it in ways that you are not using it now.” (Robert A. Monroe, Far Journeys.)

© 2011 Monroe Products. All rights reserved.